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Looking for Kitty (2004)

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56

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 13,755

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Two guys with different sets of problems find themselves bonding through unexpected circumstances in this independent comedy drama from writer and director Edward Burns. Jack Stanton (Edward Burns) is a former New York City cop who has been trying to establish a new career as a private detective, though his level of success is best indicated by the fact his landlord is about to evict him for not paying the rent. Jack finally lands a paying client when he's referred to Abe Fiannico (David

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Oct 24, 2006

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (12) | DVD (5)

Sentimental yet insensate, this forgotten '04 trifle is Burns at his worst ...

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Burns turns in a nicely understated performance; but it's David Krumholtz, as Abe, who's the backbone of the movie.

September 1, 2006
New York Post
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Looking for Kitty offers moments of striking insight amid the inevitable self-indulgence.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A disgruntled New York City private investigator forms an unlikely bond with a high school baseball coach from upstate in Edward Burns's latest exercise in maleness.

August 31, 2006
New York Times
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Give Edward Burns at least a little credit for perseverance, because just about any other writer-director-actor who released a movie every couple of years to critical shrugs and audience indifference would've long since hung up his megaphone.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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It might be the most maturely conceived role in Burns's films, but the plot around it is flimsy, the visual storytelling simpleminded, and the general ideas for character one-note.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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They're just too dull, and we start to sympathize with the women who left them both behind.

October 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Burns and Numbers' David Krumholtz are very good in portraying Jack and Abe's need to re-establish a human connection.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

Burns seems not nearly as engaged with his story as one would hope. And why should he be? He could write another like this before lunch.

September 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Another unsatisfying exploration of masculine anomie written, directed by and starring Edward Burns.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Burns simply doesn't delve deeply enough into his characters for them to have sufficient emotional resonance for the viewer.

September 1, 2006
Reel.com

Ends up being a bit erratic ... the whole thing culminating in an oddly unsatisfying conclusion

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The real holdout is Burns, whose habitual regurgitation of well-trod themes (romantic loss, masculine bonding, and maturation) continues to pay ever-smaller dividends.

August 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

No climax, no real resolution, no nothing. One can understand why it remained on a shelf since it played Tribeca over two years ago.

August 25, 2006
Greenwich Village Gazette

One of the best films of the year catches the loss and loneliness of two men unwilling to let go of the past and step into a new day.

August 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Looking for Kitty

Looking for Kitty is the sort of indie comedy that is far too smug for its own good. It has some scenes that work well, but the film itself just feels too one-note, simplistic, and far too confined to justify its already brief running time. The characters aren't particularly interesting, the situations aren't particularly funny, and the narrative isn't nearly as clever as the filmmakers seem to believe it is. About the only thing it has going for it are the indie sensibilities that inject a sense of realism. That, however, only goes so far when there isn't much else to keep the audience engaged. The acting is serviceable, and the writing okay, but the story is too bland. Overall, a lackluster attempt at Woody Allen imitation.

2.5/5 Stars
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Jeffrey Meyers

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A movie focused on character development, a good indie film.
October 20, 2007
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